Originally created 10/04/04

People in the News



LONDON - Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has won a battle with throat cancer, lead singer Mick Jagger said.

Watts, 63, was diagnosed with cancer four months ago and recently finished a successful six-week chemotherapy treatment at a London hospital.

"Charlie has had all his treatments and he's now been cleared and is free of any illness," Jagger told the Daily Mirror for Saturday's editions.

The chemotherapy left Watts weak, and he will spend time recovering with his wife, Shirley, before going back to work, the Mirror reported.

The drummer has recently split his time between the Stones and his jazz band, Tentet. Jagger said he hoped to record new material and schedule a tour in the near future for the Stones.

"Keith Richards and I have been writing lots of songs for the new Rolling Stones album," Jagger said. "We haven't booked the tour yet and when we do we'll let you know, but there will definitely be another one."

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LOS ANGELES - Glen Campbell is joining a heady list of Western heroes.

The Autry National Center is honoring Campbell with its Western Heritage Award for promoting the spirit and legacy of the American West. Past recipients include James Stewart, James Garner, Clint Eastwood, James Arness, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Robert Wagner, Clayton Moore and Gene Autry.

"I'm in some pretty heavy company," said Campbell, 68, noting, "Gene Autry was my hero. Dad would take us to see his movies. Gene Autry was just awesome.

"He was always the good guy, who didn't lie, steal or cheat. He was so considerate of other people. I was glad to find out that Gene Autry was just like that off the screen."

Campbell served 10 nights in jail for extreme drunken driving earlier this year following an arrest near his posh Phoenix home. His string of hits include "Rhinestone Cowboy," "Galveston," "Gentle on My Mind" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix."

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PANAMA CITY, Panama - James Bond no longer has diplomatic status - at least not in Panama.

The government on Friday canceled 121 diplomatic passports issued by the previous presidential administration, including one extended to actor Sean Connery.

The cancelations came as part of a massive effort to clean up and update the Foreign Relation Department's files, according to Vice President Samuel Lewis Navarro.

The vice president described the Scotland-born Connery as a friend of former President Mireya Moscoso. Connery traveled to Panama in March 2003, visited a coffee plantation belonging to Moscoso and received an award from the then-president.

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LONDON - He is famous for his affection for unmade beds and pickled sharks - but art collector Charles Saatchi has chosen to feature the more traditional medium of painting for his gallery's 20th anniversary.

Saatchi plans to clear his Saatchi Gallery in London of installations by well-known artists such as Damien Hirst, who was responsible for the shark, and Tracey Emin, who showcased her bed.

Starting Jan. 26, his exhibition "The Triumph of Painting" will show the works of Martin Kippenberger, Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas, Luc Tuymans, Jorg Immendorff and Hermann Nitsch - all established painters, although not well known outside contemporary art circles.

"For the last 10 years, only five of the 40 Turner Prize artists have been pure painters," Saatchi said Friday, referring to Britain's prestigious art prize.

"We think it's time for a painting survey, looking at established international artists and later on in the year, the younger new young painters."

Saatchi, who married TV chef Nigella Lawson last year, has delighted and disgusted audiences throughout the world with his collection. Chris Ofili's elephant dung portrait of the Virgin Mary was branded by former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani as "sick" when it was displayed at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 1999.

Works by Emin, Hirst and others will not return to the site on the South Bank of the River Thames until 2007.